Physical Health

Buteyko Breathing

3 Modules 15 Chapters 52 Lessons Easy

About this course

The Buteyko Breathing Method as a contributor to general health.

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Course Structure

4 Chapters

Overview of the Buteyko Method and the ButeykoPlus™ Breathing Course

This module is an introduction to the Buteyko Breathing course. It introduces the course, and explains the significance of the breathing test and questionnaire results. It also looks at the history of the Buteyko Breathing Method (BBM), and provides an overview of the key principles  and an alphabetical list of the Buteyko exercises covered.

Free Introduction to the Buteyko Breathing Course 3 Lessons

What do the test results mean? (video)

Both the Breathing Test and the Nijmegen Questionnaire are measures of Dysfunctional Breathing/Hyperventilation Syndrome (DB/HVS).  We briefly describe and define DB/HVS, provide an analysis of your results, and list some of the health issues that can result from failure to correct the condition.   

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History and Overview of the Buteyko Breathing Method 4 Lessons

A Brief History (video)

A brief history of the development and acceptance of the Buteyko Breathing Method for hyperventilation in the USSR and its spread to the West.  Includes a review and links to clinical trials performed in the West.  Summarizes reasons why it might be important to you.

Alphabetical Listing of the Buteyko Exercises Covered (text)

This lesson provides a list in alphabetical order, of all the Buteyko exercises covered in the course, with a brief description of each; what it is and what purpose it serves.

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Record Keeping 4 Lessons

Daily exercise Log (during the initial six-week training period and as needed) (text)

The daily routine during the course of the training consists of carrying out the 15-minute Buteyko Exercise Sequence morning and night, with a walking session mid-day.  This form walks you through the sequence and allows you to record the results for progress tracking and analysis.

Morning CP Log (ongoing) (text)

This form is used to keep track of your progress after you have completed the five-week Buteyko Breathing course.  The results are available to you (the Morning CP Log button on the Dashboard) and to your instructor, when you request a review.

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Workshop Overview 2 Lessons

Week 1 - Basic Exercises 2 Lessons

Week 2 - Buteyko Theory 2 Lessons

Week 3 - Buteyko and Sleep 2 Lessons

Week 4 - Buteyko and Exercise 2 Lessons

Week 5 - Review and Consolidation 2 Lessons

Week 6 - Ongoing 2 Lessons

Buteyko Exercise Reference 13 Lessons

Relaxed Intermittent Breathing (RIB)

This is a great exercise to do right after completing your nightly Buteyko exercises, particularly if you have trouble getting to sleep.  Also helpful if you wake in the night and have trouble dropping off again and great for daytime naps if you get the chance. :-)


Steps are probably my favorite Buteyko exercise. Depending on how long you hold, they can replace everything from a Control Pause to a Maximum Pause.

Taping the Mouth

The one thing that anybody who has ever heard of the Buteyko breathing method seems to know, is that it involves taping the mouth shut at night. This produces reactions ranging from intense amusement to horror. It's an awful lot of fuss about nothing. The process is very simple and harmless.  It keeps your mouth closed and you breathing through your nose while asleep.

The Extended Pause (EP)

The Extended Pause is a Control Pause extended beyond the normal point of initial discomfort. It is used to build tolerance to carbon dioxide and increase your Control Pause.

The Maximum Pause (MP)

The Maximum Pause is a Control Pause which is held as long as possible.  It is used primarily by athletes to to build aerobic capacity.

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3 Chapters

The Buteyko Breathing Method Reference

This module contains five chapters:

  1. Buteyko TheoryWhat, exactly, is hyperventilation for overbreathing, and how common is it? Then we provide an overview of classical Buteyko theory, with some modern qualifications and modifications.
  2. Buteyko and Asthma - If you don't suffer from asthma or allergies you can safely skip this chapter.  It features a 30-minute BBC documentary on the Buteyko Breathing Method, choosing the appropriate regimen for mild, moderate and severe asthma and breathing allergies, and an overview of asthma and allergy medications.
  3. Buteyko and Sleep - The BBM can reduce or eliminate snoring, sleep apnea and night time congestion.  It also calms the mind before bed, and if you suffer as many do, from periods of extended wakefulness during the night, it can help you get back to sleep without undue delay.
  4. Buteyko and Athletic Performance - By increasing the efficiency of your breathing and oxygen transport capacity it can increase endurance for both aerobic and anaerobic activities.  Some more advanced techniques simulate the effects of high-altitude training.
  5. Buteyko for the Long-TermThe five-week course is only the start of a journey that will last for the rest of your life.  By the end of it you should have started to develop new and much more healthy breathing patterns, but it doesn't end there.  Here we go over the ongoing maintenance activities that you need to do to maintain and improve. 

Buteyko Theory 3 Lessons

Dysfunctional Breathing (video)

Dysfunctional Breathing is detected by a "Poor" or "OK" result in the breathing test and questionnaire.  This presentation looks at the different forms of dysfunctional breathing, and how you can recognize them in yourself. 

Classical Buteyko Theory (text)

A statement of Buteyko theory by D. K.P. Buteyko (translated from the Russian).

The Three Gases Involved In Respiration (video)

This presentation describes the role that the three important gases, Oxygen, Carbon Dioxide and Nitric Oxide, play in the breathing process.  It updates the classical Buteyko theory in the light of more recent research.

Asthma, Allergies and other Breathing Disorders 5 Lessons

Classification of Asthma Severity (text)

These are the classifications of asthma severity into four categories by the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program.  The categories are: Intermittent Asthma; Mild Persistent Asthma; Moderate Persistent Asthma; and Severe Persistent Asthma.  

Members with  Moderate persistent asthma and Severe persistent asthma, which should be under the care of a physician, and should book a 30-minute Skype consultation before starting any of the exercises.

Asthma Medications (text)

This section is largely based on my own experience with asthma medications, common practice among Buteyko practitioners, and my research of the literature.  In no way should it be taken as advice to modify your own medication regime, but to give you some ideas that you can discuss with your physician

Breathing Allergies (text)

Breathing allergies are often closely associated with asthma, as they are in my own case, but they can also exist on their own.  In this section we look at the most common prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medications and their side effects and interactions between themselves and asthma inhalers. 

BBC Documentary ‘Breathless’ (video)

BBC Documentary 'Breathless' on the Buteyko Method, produced in 1998 

The National Health Service (NHS) could save a fortune in drug costs if asthmatics used a simple breathing technique, according to claims made in a BBC TV program.

The Buteyko method is based on the observation that most asthmatics over-breathe, or hyperventilate.

Sufferers are taught to slow their breathing and even tape their mouths at night to reduce the amount of air going into their lungs.

Supporters of Buteyko, which was developed in Russia, say it can dramatically reduce a patient's reliance on inhalers and steroids, the traditional way of dealing with the condition.